TWO Conservative councillors have resigned.

Paul and Diana Brierley have stepped down with immediate effect, meaning all three Bradshaw seats will be up for grabs in the local elections in May, as Cllr Walter Hall’s seat is also up for election.

Mr Brierley, who became a councillor in 2002, said he was finding it increasingly difficult to balance his council duties with his full-time job as a quantity surveyor.

Conservative Group Leader Cllr John Walsh said: “I know that for some time it has become increasingly difficult for Paul to combine his work with those of being a councillor.

“His job takes him away from Bolton during the working week and I know he has been concerned that it was not possible to carry out his duties as he would have wished.

“This was putting additional pressure on Diana. I know they are looking to relocate closer to Paul’s place of work.”

It is understood the Brierleys are looking to move to Bristol.

Mrs Brierley said: “It has been an honour to serve the residents of Bradshaw ward.

“I have always tried to represent their views and hope that I have been successful. I will certainly miss working for residents.”

Mr Brierley added: “It is increasingly difficult to maintain a full-time job and carry out the work as a councillor in the manner I would wish.

“Over the past few months that has become increasingly clear and I regret I am unable to continue as a councillo